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The Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences hosted a delegation of scientists from leading research centers in Iceland.

The visit of scientists from the MATIS institute of food research and biotechnology and the University of Iceland in Reykjavik at the Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the result of a Polish-Icelandic bilateral project for which the Institute received prestigious funding from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

The cooperation of scientists from Olsztyn and Iceland will be carried out over the next two years and will focus on innovation in the management of waste from food production and processing. The tasks planned in the project are dedicated in particular to students and young scientists who by participating in summer schools, online courses and research visits will gain knowledge and experience in the field of interdisciplinary solutions in the agri-food sector. During bilateral workshops, producers, processors and entrepreneurs from our region will learn about contemporary trends in the management of waste from food production and processing. Next, scientists will be able to use the acquired knowledge in new international projects in the field of sustainable use of natural resources.

The visit of Icelandic delegates to Poland was the first stage of the project, and its main point was the participation of researchers in a Polish-Icelandic environmental seminar on waste valorization in food production and processing. Scientists met with representatives of local agri-food companies, as well as representatives of regional authorities and researchers from Olsztyn research units. The delegation also visited the Olsztyn II Fish Farm in Ruś – the third world producer of sturgeon caviar, the UWM Aquaculture Center and the Food Sciences Division of the Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where they took a closer look at the research conducted at the Institute’s Departments and Research Station and learned about the Department’s research facilities.

The next stage of the project implementation will be a summer school in the field of entrepreneurship and creating innovation for students from Poland and Iceland, which the Partners will organize jointly in 2020 in Reykjavik.